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December 26, 2021
Giving his traditional Christmas Day “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis urged leaders to be open to dialogue to resolve the world’s many “conflicts, crises, and disagreements.” Speaking from the central balcony overlooking a rainy St Peter’s Square , the pope said that people had become so accustomed to disputes that “by now we hardly
December 23, 2021
Pope Francis has urged Vatican officials to undergo a “synodal conversion” and to walk the path of humility. In his annual pre-Christmas address to members of the Roman Curia, the pope said that the Holy See’s administrative institutions should be a model for the worldwide Catholic Church. “The Curia — let’s not forget — is
December 13, 2021
France’s interior minister on Saturday condemned threats made against Catholics taking part in a Marian procession in the western suburbs of Paris. Gérald Darmanin deplored what he said were “unacceptable acts” during a torchlight procession in Nanterre on Dec. 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. “Freedom of worship must be able to be exercised
December 06, 2021
Pope Francis lamented a global “retreat from democracy” in a speech on Saturday in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization. The pope was speaking to political leaders, representatives of civil society, and members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace on Dec. 4, hours after arriving from Cyprus. “Here democracy was born. That cradle,
December 03, 2021
Pope Francis said on Friday that “Jesus alone frees the heart from evil” as he celebrated Mass in the divided capital city of Cyprus. Preaching at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Dec. 3, the pope described Christ as a “physician” eager to bring healing to the human heart.  “Jesus is the physician: he alone
December 02, 2021
Hundreds of buildings across the world were lit up in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Red Week, an annual event organised by the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). This year’s commemoration, on Nov. 17-24, marked the first time that the eastern European countries of Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken part in
November 25, 2021
Pope Francis has recognized a miracle attributed to Titus Brandsma, an outspoken opponent of Nazism martyred at Dachau concentration camp in 1942. The pope authorized Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints, to issue a decree on Nov. 25 approving the miracle. The decision paves the way for the Dutch Carmelite
November 22, 2021
A Catholic priest, parishioners, and Catholic school children were injured when an SUV plowed into marchers during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has said. “Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha,” the archdiocese’s communications director, Sandra Peterson,
November 16, 2021
Croatia’s President Zoran Milanović highlighted the situation of the Catholic minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina during a visit to the Vatican on Monday. The Holy See press office said on Nov. 15 that after meeting with Pope Francis, Milanović held discussions with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and “foreign minister” Archbishop Paul Gallagher. “During the
November 15, 2021
Famed ethicist Alasdair MacIntyre called upon academia and other Catholics and intellectuals, to invest in the “expensive conversation” about justice, and to sharpen their understanding of what constitutes human dignity. MacIntyre, whose teaching career spans 70 years and includes some of the most important books on virtue ethics such as “After Virtue” and “Dependent Rational
November 15, 2021
Denver Newsroom, Nov 13, 2021 / 10:41 am Former Congressman Dan Lipinski has urged faithful to be “Catholics first” in the public square, putting their faith above an excessive loyalty to party, personal comfort, or fear.  In an address at the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Fall Conference on Nov. 12, Lipinski said that the recent
November 12, 2021
Fatima, Portugal, Nov 12, 2021 / 03:30 am Portugal’s Catholic bishops said on Thursday that they have approved the creation of an independent commission to investigate clerical sexual abuse.  The bishops announced the decision on Nov. 11 at the end of their plenary assembly at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.  Acknowledging the work of diocesan
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